Potoae In No Hurry

He's one of the top defensive line prospects on the West Coast, but you'd never know it from the way Lakes (Lakewood, Wa.) DL Benning Potoae goes about his business. He's worked hard this offseason to get ready for a big senior season and Dawgman.com caught up with him recently to get an idea of where his head is as far as recruiting is concerned...

After a 2.5 hour practice with his team in the heat of the day on Saturday, Potoae, who was officially measured at 6'4" and weighted in at 265 pounds, leads the way in springs with the linebackers, tight ends and defensive ends.

"I lead by example, but I'm more vocal now," Potoae told Dawgman.com. "I'm always working on my speed, so (gassers) at the end of practice are a good chance for me to work on my conditioning, so I can play both ways every down, and also to work on my speed."

With his size and athleticism, he posted a hand-timed 4.65 forty in post-summer testing, Potoae has garnered the attention of schools from across the country and he said it's basically been status quo since the spring.

"I sorta just stopped talking to people because I was focusing on finishing up my school year and we also had spring ball," Potoae said. "I just got my phone started up again and (Lakes) coach (Dave) Miller said I needed to get back in touch with coaches, so that's what I have been doing."

One school that he's reached out to is Washington, but he has yet to actually speak to the coaches.

"Washington is definitely a school I'm looking at," Potoae said. "They are close to home and I like the staff there."

Other schools, in addition to the Huskies, that have extended offers include Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, California, Colorado, Idaho, Ohio, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington State and Wisconsin among others.

"Honestly, I don't know how many offers I have, but it's around 20, something like that," Potoae said. "I haven't really thought much about it since my season is coming up, but I do know that I want to take my visits after the season.

"I probably won't narrow things down to a top five or something like that until the end of my season or maybe even like in December," Potoae said. "I haven't really started thinking about it. I'm not in a rush."

As far as what he's looking for in the school he chooses, Potoae is pretty sure of the criteria he will employ.

"Education is the first thing. First and foremost actually," Potoae said. "People, my surroundings and will I be able to live there for four years, and finally, the program.

"Compared to when I come in, how can I grow and become a better player and a man when I leave there."

Potoae and his team just finished up their first week of training camp. They will take part in a jamboree next weekend and then start their season on September 5th with a game against their rivals Clover Park.

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